And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree!

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This song is dedicated to us - those of us, disappointed taxpaying Pakistanis with broken dreams, broken hopes, unfulfilled tall promises from our elected officials, bad economy, rising inflation, hopeless everyday lives filled with bills, more bills and yet more bills. We are taxed to the max nation but somehow we still don’t have the basics in our major cities – our musical chair government(s) still talk about doing things instead of actually doing them. By Fareeha Qayoom

And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree!

By Fareeha Qayoom

LEMON TREE

By Fool’s Garden

I’m sitting here in a boring room it’s just another rainy

Sunday afternoon I’m wasting my time I got nothing to do

I’m hanging around I’m waiting for you

But nothing ever happens- and I wonder

I’m driving around in my car I’m driving too fast

I’m driving too far I’d like to change my point of view

I feel so lonely I’m waiting for you

But nothing ever happens- and I wonder

I wonder how I wonder why yesterday you told me

‘bout the blue blue sky and all tall that I can see is just a yellow lemon-tree

I’m turning my head up and down I’m turning turning turning turning turning around

And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree

I’m sitting here I miss the power I’d like to go out taking a shower but there’s a heavy cloud inside my head

I feel so tired put myself into bed where nothing ever happens- and I wonder

Isolation – is not good for me Isolation – I don’t want to sit on a lemon-tree

I’m steppin’ around in a desert of joy

Baby anyhow I’ll get another toy and everything will happen-and you’ll wonder

I wonder how I wonder why yesterday you told me

‘bout the blue blue sky and all tall that I can see is just a yellow lemon-tree

I’m turning my head up and down I’m turning turning turning turning turning around

And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree

This song is dedicated to us – those of us, disappointed taxpaying Pakistanis with broken dreams, broken hopes, unfulfilled tall promises from our elected officials, bad economy, rising inflation, hopeless everyday lives filled with bills, more bills and yet more bills. We are taxed to the max nation but somehow we still don’t have the basics in our major cities – our musical chair government(s)  still talk about doing things instead of actually doing them. Take Lahore Ring Road Project, or the money spent on fixing Gulberg’s Roads and installing ineffective drains on the sidewalks, or the safe drinking water issue or take any other example that you can think of – (don’t forget to send me those ideas so I can explore those issues too!)- We are stuck with criminally daft or criminally irresponsible bunch of loose cannons who think they have a license to waste our money with the little bit of votes they’ve got – don’t forget the majority of Pakistanis don’t even go out to vote. The silent majority is stuck to the grindstone trying to earn a fast buck while the government in power, in one form or another takes those collective bucks away and gambles them away on God Knows what!– all that hard earned cash gone down the drain with no accountability.

When you have scarce resources, you do not waste them. You make every cent count. Since we don’t print dollars in house, we have to buy them with our hard earned rupees, we need to make sure our rupees at least buy us a bit of financial independence if nothing else.

In this issue, we explore the anatomy of lemon trees and the role of our economic money managers from the public and private sector. Instead of concentrating on important issues, we as a nation are only stuck on the urgent ones–Yes, crises in FATA & Law and order is a major issue. Yes, Reinstatement of Judges is another urgent issue. Yes, running the government efficiently is all time high priority. Are these the only issues though? We have much more important stuff to take care of, when are we going to get to that? Is there even an agenda?

This article was originally published in the print edition of Valuemag, October 2008, issue 6, under the section ‘from the editor’s desk – October 2008’

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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